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Mace Head
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Mace Head

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Description This mace terminates in a young bull's head. The ornaments on the forehead--a star and crescent moon--the eyes, and the decorative semicircles on the jaws were once inlaid; remnants of bitumen and shell (?) inlay remain in the eye. The size and ornamentation of the mace indicates that it was used for ceremonial purposes in a palace or temple rather than as a weapon.
  • Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1st century BCE-1st century CE
calcite-alabaster, bitumen, shell(?), black stone
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3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (8.9 x 14 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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